Author -- Dayna Hicken, NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Reduce or eliminate pain —
Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques can help reduce pain and restore muscle and joints functions. Physical therapy(PT) can also help to prevent pain from coming back in the future.
Recovery from surgery —
When the body undergoes surgery it loses mobility. Physical therapy focuses on bringing back that mobility by prioritizing the strengthening of the small fibers and base strengths of the body. Stretching and strengthening exercises help restore the ability to move. Physical therapy creates individualized plans pre/post surgery that will significantly help with the healing process.
Improve balance and prevent falls —
Having good balance is key to performing everyday life with ease. Therapists also help you with exercises to improve coordination and assistive devices to help with safer walking and overall balance. Therapists often provide exercises that safely and carefully challenge your balance as a way to mimic real-life situations. This makes the exercises more functional and useful to the patients.
Manage diabetes and heart/lung diseases —
Much like any kind of exercise, physical therapy can help people manage diabetes by assisting with blood sugar control. Physical therapy can improve quality of life through conditioning and breathing exercises and can even help patients clear fluid in the lungs. PT also help patients reach healthier fitness levels by forming healthy habits.